This is "Swing," printed as a regular poem. It
has regular rhythm, regular rhymes, and the words are all inside regular lines.
way back here,
Down through the
up, I fly
where my feet
Can touch the
So that's the
poem, looking like most poems: all the words
tucked inside the lines.
course, Outside The Lines is the book I was
writing. So here's a secret (which you've probably
While working on this poem, and
the others for the book, I worked "outside the lines" from
the start: I chose the words, and put them into a
design on the page, all at the same time. In this case, they
were to show the path of the swing (and the kid!) through
To see the words in that shape, click
on "Swing" as a graphic. You can then click "back" and
"forward" to compare the two versions. And then --
. . . to see the poem
as it looks in the book, click on "Swing"
from the book!
add some more poems to this site, in both versions, so that you
can compare them also. But right now, maybe you can write some
graphic poems of your own . . . .